Google Docs doesn’t automatically include page numbers for your documents, but it’s easy enough to add them to your header or footer. Here’s how to get it done.
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Note: Adding page numbers is available only for use on Docs; neither Sheets nor Slides support this feature.
How to Add Page Numbers to Google Docs
Open up your document and head to Insert > Header & Page Number > Page Number. You’ll see a pop-up window where you can choose a page number style.
You have four options for how page numbers can appear:
Add page numbers to the top-right of every page.
Add page numbers to top-right, starting from the second page. You will use this option if your document has a title page that you don’t want to be numbered.
Add page numbers to the bottom-right of every page.
Add page numbers to bottom-right, starting from the second page.
One caveat to Google Docs’ numbering system is that you can only ever skip the first page of a document. It doesn’t have the same kinds of options a fuller word processor like Microsoft Word provides, which lets you do things like change the numbering with each section or have odd, and even page numbers appear in different locations.
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